Summary: If you've never before seen 'Angels & Demons' and don't care about featurettes and trailers, then by all means pick up this Mastered in 4K edition. (Right now, it's selling for almost the exact same price as its "standard" Blu-ray cousin and does include an Ultraviolet digital copy, which the other...
Conclusion: Superior to The Da Vinci Code in every regard, Angels & Demons still isn't great cinema, but it does make for passable entertainment that has on its side a decent if not predictable story, a good performance from a legendary actor, and strong technical elements that accentuate the film's gorgeous...
Excerpt: After the current pope dies, Robert Langdon is summoned to the Vatican. It seems that an illuster group called The Illuminate have kidnapped the four preferiti that are next in line to become pope and hid a bomb somewhere in the city. Their goal: to overthrow the Catholic Church.
Excerpt: Despite some serious consideration by Movieline's blue-ribbon panel of camp aficionados, you will not find The Da Vinci Code in our deep, distinguished, and recently revived canon of Bad Movies We Love.
Summary: Since the film’s release, Ron Howard has found himself in a childish war of words with the Vatican and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. It’s unnecessary in the extreme. The Church is worried that the extremists out there will look at the film as some presentation of fact and hurt their image.
Excerpt: When Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is in trouble, and even with the possibility of an anti-matter bomb exploding, tension is limited. The horror of a multi-million dollar movie franchise being sucked into a black hole is simply too ridiculous to consider.
Excerpt: I have a confession to make. I like “The Da Vinci Code” (2006). Or, perhaps the more accurate statement would be that I don’t hate it. I know that I should hate said film; every critical bone in my body says I should… but, for some reason, I don’t.
Summary: Just because you hated 'The Da Vinci Code' (and who didn't?) doesn't mean you should skip 'Angels & Demons.' Flashy and brisk, with a byzantine plot and loads of breathless action, this gargantuan blockbuster is enjoyable enough while it lasts, but won't get under your skin.
Excerpt: I’ve just spent more than two hours with Dr. Robert Langdon and I still really only know three things about him. One: He’s some sort of puzzle doctor. Two: He likes to swim in a speedo. Three: He doesn’t smoke.